Document collection

A multilingual and multimedia collection to support innovation in research

Designed for specialized research in the social sciences and humanities at the international level, with an emphasis on inter- and pluridisciplinarity, the library offers a multilingual and multimedia collection, acquired in the same spirit as that which presided at the founding of the FMSH: supporting what is innovative in research.

The library of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme initiated and serves as lead institution for the local network Babylone, which has integrated the catalogues of four libraries and documentation centres of the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS): CESPRA, CéSor, LaDéHiS and GAHOM.

The library has been active since 2010 as part of the ambitious Campus Condorcet project. It is helping to develop the latter’s major document facility (Grand équipement documentaire – GED), which it will join in 2019.

The collection

The collection, accumulated over fifty years, and a corpus of researchers’ personal archives connect many innovative topics and directions in SSH research and contain a large share of inter- and transdisciplinary work.

The documentation policy, initially focused mainly on sociology and history, from the École des Annales on, has been broadened to include related disciplines (philosophy, political science, linguistics, economics, etc.), collections on specific topics (gender studies, self-management movements), and, since 2010, researchers’ personal archives managed within the library.

Readers who are closely associated with the library’s acquisitions policy participate actively through their suggestions for acquisitions and in some cases by the donation of their personal libraries.

Print collection

  • 195,000 monographs
  • 9,500 periodicals, including 340 still in publication
  • 5,000 reference works
  • 42 researchers’ personal collections

Digital collection

  • 5,000 periodicals
  • 4,200 e-books
  • 500 reference works

The documentation portal

The documentation portal enhances the value of the library’s document collection and research tools. It provides access to all of the library’s resources and services: users can search through the collections, request their readers’ cards, order books, reserve workrooms and enrol in training sessions.

Collaborative projects

The major documentation facility

The library’s collections will be an important contribution to the Grand équipement documentaire (GED) of the Campus Condorcet, scheduled to open in 2019. They will be combined with some fifty other SSH documentation entities to constitute an exceptional collection housed in a unique new building.


With the Foundation’s entry into the Community of Universities and Institutions Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (ComUE USPC), the library has joined another powerful documentation network serving higher education and research. This network, which links institutions in the Paris area, combines the documentation services of four universities (Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris-Descartes, Paris Diderot, Paris 13), Sciences Po, the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC) and the Sainte-Geneviève library.